Enjoy a scenic journey to one of America's greatest historic treasures – Charleston, South Carolina, for a day of sightseeing, shopping and dining!
From our convenient meeting location in Myrtle Beach, you'll begin the scenic two-hour trip to Charleston on our comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach. Once in the Charleston area, your all-day adventure includes:
- Palmetto Carriage Works Tour: Hop on a mule driven carriage for a historic old city tour. With a professional tour guide who is certain to entertain and inform you, you’ll relish in magnificent homes and gardens and Charleston’s way of life, past and present.
- Harbor Boat Tour: Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute, non-stop “Harbor of History Tour” live-narrated by the Captain. You’ll experience 75 points of interest including the USS Yorktown and the Battery while delighting in a delicious Deli-Style Boxed Lunch.
- Boone Hall Plantation Tour: Explore the 738-acre plantation to see the historic brick slave cabins, a smoke house and a cotton gin. Costumed hostesses provide guided tours and reveal to you a true sense of Southern elegance, strife, charm and beauty.
What Is Not Included?
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|ploughan||Thu, Apr 28 7:00 AM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
While the overall tour sites were enjoyable, the time factor diminished the results. The best venue was the carriage ride. Personable guide gave us lots of Charleston history and culture with humor. The cruise got long and boring, but the box lunch with good. The visit to Boone Hall had us waiting a long time for a short tour. Then when we went for the "coach" tour we waited again with many missing out because of space limits and time constraints. Time in the old Market was very limited, but I didn't go to shop!
|weezylph||Thu, Apr 28 7:00 AM||Female||60-69||Local||Family With Children|
Only complaint is that there were many broken seats on the bus making for an uncomfortable 2 hour ride to Charleston and back. All activities on tour were enjoyable, and I would recommend it.
Very good tour
|Ansbach73||Thu, Apr 28 7:00 AM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Got to see Charleston both on land and by ship,. we found it very enjoyable
|Colleen60||Thu, Apr 28 7:00 AM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
Very pleased with this tour. Our driver was very nice and the carriage, boat and plantation tours were all very interesting and educational. I enjoyed the lunch very much. Overall, very pleased with price, schedule, and areas covered.
|scottc9876||Thu, Apr 28 7:00 AM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
The tour was as stated in the description. My wife and I asked for the vegetarian lunch which they had at the boat and it tasted good. Everything was on time and the service was great. The only issue is that you could spend more time at the plantation but then the tour would be even longer. We left at 7 AM and returned around 6 PM. I would recommend the tour to others.
|Darlene0927||Thu, Apr 28 7:00 AM||Female||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
We were disappointed in the Boone Plantstion tour. Due to time constraints and poor planning on the plantation not everyone was able to take the tram around the plantation. They should have more trams to accommodate the bus group and should not have been made to wait 1/2 hour I between each tram
not enough time
|DebGrubb||Thu, Apr 21 7:00 AM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
We left Myrtle Beach at 7:00 AM. I enjoyed the buggy ride thru Charleston, and the harbor boat trip. I was hoping that we would stop at Ft. Sumter but we didn't. The harbor ride could have been shorter so we would have time to stop at the Fort. I enjoyed the Boone Plantation but again did not have enough time to see things.
A FUN DAY
|DONALDNASH||Thu, Apr 21 7:00 AM||Male||70+||Unspecified||Unspecified|
WE ENJOYED A LITTLE BIT OF ALL 3
Charleston History Tour
|jcroy01||Thu, Apr 21 7:00 AM||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified||Unspecified|
Beautiful city wonderful guides giving history. Was a great trip
|marybobmarz||Tue, Apr 19 7:00 AM||Female||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Other|
Everything was included so when we got there we just followed the directions. Didn't have to worry about parking or finding things or making arrangements for individual tours. We felt the price was reasonable for what was included.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
- Can I buy my tickets up until the start time of the tour?
- No, unfortunately we need the complete attendee list the day before the tour to guarantee space on all the components of the trip. You must purchase your tickets 16 hours before the start time of the tour. We will not be able to accommodate last-minute additions.
- What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?
- Because the various components of this trip have their own ticket requirements, everyone, regardless of age, must purchase a full-price ticket.
- What does each trip include?
- Each trip includes: Roundtrip motor coach travel to Charleston, SC from Myrtle Beach, SC; a carriage tour of Historic Charleston with Palmetto Carriage Works; a visit to the Old City Market; a Charleston "Harbor of History" Boat Tour; Admission and Tour of Boone Hall Plantation; and a delicious "Deli-Style" boxed lunch.
- Do I have to book my space on each attraction, or do you do that for me?
- We take care of everything for you! In purchasing the full all-day package your space is guaranteed on each part of the trip, including the Boone Hall Plantation, the Harbor Boat Tour, and the Carriage Tour.
- How much time to we spend at each portion of the trip, and in what order are the activities done?
- The travel time from Myrtle Beach to Charleston is approximately two hours each way. The carriage ride is approximately one hour long and then you will spend about an hour at the City Market. The Harbor Boat Tour is 90 minutes. We then spend one hour (sometimes an hour and 15 minutes) at the Boone Hall Plantation before making our way back to Myrtle Beach.
- Is there ever a time when a portion of the all-day trip is omitted?
- On very rare occasions, we are forced to omit a portion of the trip due to weather reasons or unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, we will do our best to find a similar and comparable activity for you to participate in during that time, so tours will still proceed as scheduled.
- How much time total is spent on the bus?
- The trip from Myrtle Beach to Charleston lasts about two hours and we do provide transportation in both directions, lasting about four hours total. In between stops in Charleston, we're usually on the bus for 15 minutes or less as the destinations are very close to one another.
- How do we get from one place to the next once in Charleston?
- Our motorcoach bus will pick you up from each location and transport you to the next, so you don't have to worry about a thing!
- Do we make any stops along the way from Myrtle Beach to Charleston?
- No, our motorcoach provides comfortable and convenient non-stop transportation from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. This portion of the trip is not narrated and will not include any specific stops at points of interest along the way, although feel free to take photos of the South Carolina countryside!
- When do we eat lunch?
- You are provided with a delicious Deli-Style Boxed Lunch aboard the Harbor Boat Tour. The lunch includes a sandwich of turkey or ham (we get a delivery of sandwiches, and they are distributed on a first-come first-served basis), chips, a fruit cup, and a cookie. We also provide you with a fountain drink.
- Are you able to accommodate dietary restrictions or food allergies?
- On most occasions, we're able to accommodate you with a vegetarian lunch. Please specify the number of people in your party who would like a vegetarian lunch when purchasing tickets.
- What does the vegetarian lunch consist of?
- Veggie wrap: Spinach tortilla wrap, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, sprouts and a light ranch dressing.
- What exactly do we do at the Boone Hall Plantation?
- At the Plantation, you'll be able to explore the historic brick slave cabins, a smoke house, and a cotton gin. Costumed hostesses will greet you at the mansion and provide guided tours of the first floor. You'll see the butterfly garden and take pleasure in viewing antique roses, camellias and other native South Carolina plants. There is also a unique gift shop with plantation treasures.
- What exactly does the Charleston Harbor Boat Tour include?
- The Harbor Boat Tour is a 90-minute guided cruise around the Charleston Harbor aboard the Carolina Belle. Some of the sites you'll see and hear about include: the white steeple of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church which was saved from destruction during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars because it was painted black so as not to be an easy target; the stately homes along the Battery - a symbol of Southern elegance and perseverance; the three forts – Moultrie, Sumter, and Johnson that have played a significant role in our history from the Revolution through World War II; Patriot’s Point, the home of the Yorktown, the famous “Fighting Lady” of World War II; and Charleston’s landmark Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, a new state of the art span that accommodates the largest ships in the world. You can also catch a glimpse of dolphins skimming the surface as they feed or a pelican as he nose dives into the water in search of a tasty tidbit.
- What do we do at the Historic Covered Open-Air Market?
- At the City Market, you'll have an hour to shop and take in the festive Southern atmosphere. The City Market is a must-see when visiting Charleston. There are a total of four buildings spanning from Meeting Street to East Bay Street. An assortment of wares is sold by hundreds of vendors. Merchandise is first quality. Sweet grass basket weavers can be seen in every building, along with local artists selling jewelry, tapestry, souvenirs, church dolls, afghans, rugs, rice, beans and sauces, local candies and cookies and much more. The horse-drawn carriages gallop by with people from all over the world, and restaurants line both North and South Market street.
- What exactly do we see on the Palmetto Carriage Works Tour?
- With a professional tour guide narrating the trip, you'll travel through 25 blocks of Charleston's oldest residential and business district. You'll experience the charm and beauty of Charleston, and its magnificent homes and gardens and its way of life, past and present.
- Can I buy food or drinks along the way?
- Food and drinks may be purchased from the snack bar on the Carolina Belle. The snack bar has soda, bottled water, wine, beer, chips, hot dogs, candy bars, cookies, etc. It may also be possible to purchase light snacks or beverages in the Old City Market area. However, we ask that you do not attempt a sit-down restaurant meal, as we do have a schedule to keep to in order to enjoy all of the day’s planned activities. If you would like to purchase food (to compliment the boxed lunch that is included in the price of the trip), please bring extra cash with you.
- Can I bring snacks or beverages aboard the bus?
- Yes, although we ask that you keep the number and size of the items you bring on board to a minimum, as the bus does not have a lot of storage space. We ask that you do not bring coolers. However, you're welcome to bring a backpack or bag with snacks and drinks (no alcohol) for the day!
- Are there bathrooms along the way?
- Our motor coach bus does include a restroom, so you may use the facilities onboard the bus while en-route. The bus will only stop for emergencies. Our first stop in Charleston is the Carriage Tour, followed by time spent in the Old Market area, and then the Harbor Boat Tour, and finally the Boone Hall Plantation. There are restrooms in the Old Market area, on board the Carolina Belle, and at the Plantation. In addition, there are handicap accessible restrooms via an elevator at the Charleston Maritime Center (where the Harbor Boat Tour departs from).
- When do the Charleston Adventures run?
- We run Tuesday through Thursday every week during our season. Our season begins in February and lasts into early - mid November depending on weather.
- What happens if it rains?
- The trips go out rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions. The carriage ride takes place in a covered carriage, however, the sides are open so please dress appropriately for the weather. The City Market is mostly enclosed, but you will have to walk outside from store to store, so please bring an umbrella if the forecasted weather calls for rain. The Harbor Boat Tour has a glassed-in, enclosed observatory and the upper deck is also partially covered, so the boat goes out in moderate rain. Lastly, Boone Hall Plantation includes a tour of the inside first floor, so you'll still get a great look at one of America’s oldest plantations.
- Is the Harbor Boat Tour covered?
- Yes, the Carolina Belle has two decks, each providing spectacular views of Charleston harbor: a glassed-in, climate controlled Main Salon, and an Observation Deck. The Observation Deck is open; however, it does have some roof-covered space.
- What should I wear?
- Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Keep in mind that the temperature on the water is significantly cooler than on the land, so you may want to bring a sweater in the cooler months for the Harbor Boat Tour.
- Is the Harbor Boat Tour safe?
- The Carolina Belle is United States Coast Guard certified to cruise the inland waterways, meets all of the USCG safety requirements, and passes a rigorous annual safety inspection. She carries a crew of three for up to 149 passengers and four above 149.
- Will I get seasick?
- The Carolina Belle is a steady 80-foot vessel with classic lines. The Charleston Harbor has a mild atmosphere and it is unlikely that you will feel much movement aboard the boat. If you often feel seasick, you may want to consider some light medication before beginning the trip. We cannot officially advise you to take any medication, however.
- Can I leave the group and explore Charleston on my own?
- You are not able to leave the group and meet up with the bus later, as it is very important that the bus driver is able to keep track of the entire group. If you would like to make special arrangements, please click “Contact ChasAdven”.
- How long does the trip last?
- The entire trip usually lasts around 10.5 hours. This may vary, however, depending on traffic conditions. We usually make it back to Myrtle Beach between 10 hours and 15 minutes and 10 hours and 45 minutes after the start of the tour.
- Is the trip wheelchair accessible?
- If you are able to walk for short distances, you will be able to participate in the trip, as we keep the walking to a minimum. However, we are not able to store wheelchairs on the bus (unless you have a fold-able wheelchair). The bus itself is not wheelchair accessible and the carriage does have a few steps that you must walk up. Of course, we'll help guests with limited mobility as much as we can.
- Can you store anything for me on the bus?
- The bus does have some limited storage space, but we ask that you do not bring coolers or other large items, as the space is limited. Also, please keep in mind that we are not responsible for any lost or missing items left on the bus during our stops.
- Where does the trip finish?
- We bring you back to the meeting location in "Broadway at the Beach," Myrtle Beach.
- Are gift certificates available for the trip?
- Yes, gift certificates are available and make great gifts for any occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Gift certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
- Can I book a private trip?
- Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please click “Contact ChasAdven” to inquire further about special group rates.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- Boarding is on a first come first served basis – All Sailings Provided Conditions Warrant
- Coast Guard Regulations
- All persons and personal effects are subject to screening or inspection. Failure to consent or submit to screening or inspection will result in denial of authorization to board the boat in accordance with United States Coast Guard regulations.
- Purchasing Agreement
- By purchasing this ticket you are agreeing to the above terms and conditions and agree to hold harmless Charleston Harbor Tours and tour Management Services, Inc.
We've partnered with the highest quality sightseeing companies. You'll climb aboard the Carolina Bell for a Charleston Harbor Tour - the longest running harbor tour company in Charleston, serving her guests since 1908. You'll also take a carriage ride provided by the leader in Charleston carriage tours.
Prepare for a Charleston cultural experience like no other!